The Dental Hygiene program provides a curriculum which reflects the core values of the profession, instills an understanding of life-long learning, and educates the graduate to assess, plan, implement, and evaluate dental hygiene care for the individual and the community. Graduates of this program will be eligible to take national and state/regional examinations for licensure which are required to practice dental hygiene.
The Dental Hygiene program is a selective admission program. When you apply to the College, you will be accepted into Healthcare Support with a concentration in Dental Hygiene while you complete the prerequisite requirements. The Dental Hygiene program accepts a limited number of students each year and there is a separate application process. Contact your campus of interest below for more details.
Graduates are awarded an Associate of Applied Science degree and are eligible to take the Dental Hygiene National Board Exam, as well as regional and state licensing exams. Successful completion of national, regional and state exams is required for licensure. Licensure is required for employment. The dental hygiene program is accredited by the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation.
The program begins in the fall semester of each year and is 2 years in length. The dental hygiene program is a full-time, primarily daytime program. Students are in classes, labs or clinics Monday through Friday and are on campus anywhere from 16-26 hours a week depending upon the semester.
WHY CHOOSE THE DENTAL HYGIENE PROGRAM? Dental hygiene is an excellent profession for individuals who are interested in pursuing a career in the health field and prefer one-on-one interaction with patients. Dental hygiene is very prevention oriented and hygienists spend much of their time screening for disease and educating patients on how to prevent disease. Good communication and organization skills are a must for dental hygienists.
ATTENTION 2014 APPLICANTS: Effective Fall 2014, dental hygiene will accept CHEM 111 or CHEM 101 as the dental hygiene chemistry prerequisite. Please contact a dental hygiene program chair if you have questions regarding this change.
Associate of Applied Science (77 credit hours = 7 semesters)
NOTE: The number of credits required for a degree or certificate is based on students who are program-ready and does not include College Prep courses. Availability of degrees and certificates varies by campus.
The Dental Hygiene program is offered at the following Ivy Tech campuses:
East Central (Anderson)
April 5 for classes starting in August
1-800-589-8324, ext. 2371
Dental Hygiene Information Letter
Dental Hygiene Application Packet
Fall Information Sessions
ATTENTION 2014 APPLICANTS: Effective fall 2014, dental hygiene will accept CHEM 111 or CHEM 101 as the dental hygiene chemistry pre-req. Please contact the dental hygiene program chair if you have questions regarding this change.
Information Sessions are now available on-line!
Directions to view on-line:
1. Download these documents. You will need them during the session.
Criminal Background and Drug Screening
2. Click here to open the Dental Hygiene Information Session on-line.
3. Open with Microsoft Power Point.
4. Make sure your volume is at the desired volume.
5. Select "Slide Show" from the menu at the top of your screen.
6. Select "From the Beginning from the menu in the upper left of your screen.
7. The on-line session should begin. To exit out of the session, press the Escape (Esc) key at anytime.
North Central (South Bend)
The dental hygienist is a licensed oral health care professional who an integral part of the dental health care team. A dental hygienist specializes in preventing and treating oral diseases to protect teeth, gums and patients’ total health. Common procedures performed by hygienists include patient education, removing deposits from teeth and below the gum line, taking dental x-rays, and the application of fluoride and dental sealants. State dental boards determine the duties hygienists are able to perform.
Dental Hygiene Information Sessions
Each information session lasts approximately 1 hour. Registration is not required. Participants are asked to be on time to the session and stay for the entire presentation.
For more information contact Barbara MacMillan at 574-289-7001, ext. 6379 or firstname.lastname@example.org.